For all intents and purposes, Turning Points President Dr. Kristen Albert was living a life many aspire to live. She had earned a doctoral degree, was working as a professor in a University setting, was a leader in her work and in her church, was well liked, and an inspiration to many. Her work was excellent, but not wholly satisfying. She was highly successful in her field, yet she knew she had gifts to explore. She had created a success story, yet things didn’t feel right. What was going on and what could she do to figure it out?
Kris began working with a coach who began asking some really interesting questions, like “why do you work?” “What’s important to you?” “Why are you doing what you’re doing now?” “What would your ideal day look like? How would it feel?” “Why not start now?” In answering these questions she realized that satisfaction and fulfillment doesn’t come from achieving what others validate as important; satisfaction comes from choosing ways of living and working that align with who you are and what’s important to you.
She discovered through being coached, that she already knew the answers to those questions, but she wasn’t even asking herself those questions. And not only that, she realized that by working with a coach she could discover what she wasn’t seeing—what was keeping her stuck in old habits and thought patterns—and that she could choose differently.
Through coaching Kris learned how to live each day with purpose, fully aligned with her values, and her vision. The saying “you only live once” is true; life is too short to live wishing for the day to come when you will be able to live wholeheartedly.